Faux brick

The deteriorating brick pavers in Norfolk, Va.'s downtown crosswalks were being patched with unappealing asphalt. To regain a unified appearance, the city's public works department opted for Street-Print stamped asphalt from Blaine, Wash.-based Integrated Paving Concepts Inc. Stamped asphalt costs less and requires less installation time than brick pavers, according to Annette Burberry, P.E., civil engineer II with the Norfolk Department of Public Works. Norfolk's brick-like crosswalks (below and inset) now provide more color contrast and added visibility to the pedestrian path. They make a high-volume roadway more attractive and—more importantly—safer.